Author Tags: Kidlit & Young Adult

A seventh-generation Canadian, Betty Waterton was born in Oshawa in 1923. She grew up in Winnipeg and came to B.C. in the 1930s because her father worked for the Star Weekly. Now living in Sidney, she became a prolific children's author after raising her family. Her highly regarded first book A Salmon for Simon was illustrated by Ann Blades, followed by titles including Pettranella, Mustard and her Quincy Rumpel series.


A Salmon for Simon, illus. by Ann Blades (1978)
Pettranella, illus. by Ann Blades (1980)
Mustard, illus. by Barbara Reid (1983)
Orff, 27 Dragons and a Snarkel, illus. by Karen Kulyk (1984)
Quincy Rumpel (1984)
The Dog Who Stopped the War [as translation and adaptation of the film script] (1985)
Starring Quincy Rumpel (1986)
Quincy Rumpel and the Woolly Chaps (Groundwood, 1992)
The Lighthouse Dog (Orca, 1997). Illustrated by Dean Griffiths.
A Bumblebee Sweater (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007). Illustrated by Kim LaFave.

[BCBW 2007] "Kidlit"

The Lighthouse Dog (Orca $15.95)

A captain and his wife bring home Molly, a huge Newfoundland dog, in The Lighthouse Dog (Orca $15.95) by Betty Waterton with illustrations by Dean Griffiths. Molly soon takes over the house, throws out the cat, devours the captain's pizza, chews on his slippers and settles into their bed with a load of starfish. When the captain and his wife lose their patience and decide to return Molly to the market where she was bought, Molly realizes that she has to race against time to prove herself worthy of staying in the lighthouse.
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[BCBW 1997]

Quincy Rumpel and the Sasquatch of Phantom Cove (Groundwood, $6.95)

BETTY WATERTON, KNOWN FOR HER outstanding picture book A Salmon for Simon, has issued Quincy Rumpel and the Sasquatch of Phantom Cove (Groundwood, $6.95). This is her fifth novel in the series about the scatterbrained Rumpels. In this story the Rumpels load the three children, the dog and 12 laying hens into the station wagon and visit the newly acquired fishing resort of their friends Bert and Ernie. The family's dreams of heated pools and gourmet meals are not shattered by the reality of a dilapidated, deserted resort, and they leap into frenzied activity. They scrape bottoms of boats, build sun decks, and destroy antique shawls to make pretty place mats. Thrown into the story is the mysterious appearance of a Sasquatch-sized foot print. Pulling all the elements together is Waterton's excellent ear for dialogue and sense of humour. -- by Allison Haupt, a Children's Coordinator for the North Vancouver District Public Library who teaches children's literature at Langara College.

[BCBW 1991] “Kidlit”